Burlington County Clerk Tim Tyler today announced that his office is prepared to join Freeholder Director Kate Gibbs and do their part when it comes to promoting a simple, but important message: Burlington County is open for business. Over the course of the next several weeks, the Clerk’s Office is hosting a series of free informational workshops which are designed to help entrepreneurs learn how to properly start and register a small business that in turn can create jobs in Burlington County.
“I am thrilled to launch this new initiative and help make Burlington County an even more attractive place for a small business to call home,” said County Clerk Tyler. “Too often residents are ready to achieve their goal and launch a new business, but are unsure of how or with whom to correctly register it. These convenient workshops will address that and other important topics too.”
The Clerk’s Office is partnering with the New Jersey Department of the Treasury to offer morning and afternoon workshops on Wednesday, October 3 at the Mt. Laurel Community Center; Wednesday, October 10 at the Evesham Municipal Complex; Wednesday, October 17 at the Burlington Township Municipal Complex; and on Monday, October 22 at the Bordentown Township Senior Center.
From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., residents may attend a course titled “Business Registration & Reporting Business Income” which will provide information on different business structures, registering a business in New Jersey and with the Clerk’s Office, and how to report business income. Then from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., a second course titled “Online Businesses & New Jersey Sales Tax” will discuss taxable products and services, sales inside and outside of New Jersey, shipping products, collecting New Jersey sales tax, and filing sales and use tax returns.
“My goal is to make the Clerk’s Office all of the information someone would need to open a small business in Burlington County as accessible as possible,” added County Clerk Tyler. “From the Freeholder Board to the Clerk’s Office, we want entrepreneurs and small businesses in our communities to know how the county can help them grow and succeed.”
For the past several months, Freeholder Director Kate Gibbs has personally visited small businesses throughout the county to encourage them to take advantage of the County Small Business Loan Program, which can provide established businesses, start-ups and non-profits with very low interest financing.
The county offers direct loans up to $50,000 or as much as $200,000 in gap financing with a participating bank. Funding may be used to purchase real estate, acquire furniture, fixtures or equipment, or apply towards working capital. However, in order for a company to be approved for a county small business loan, a job must be either created or retained. The program is credited with helping to create or retain more than 195 jobs in Burlington County since its inception.
For more information and to register for any one of the small business workshops, residents may call the Burlington County Clerk’s Office at (609) 265-5142.